Storytime Theme: A Trip to the Zoo!

Well, snow kept us out of storytime last week. 😦  And this week the weather is trying to, but we have refused!  Because this week we are taking a trip with our imaginations to the zoo!  And everybody loves a good field trip.

Books:

  • 1 Zany Zoo by Lori Degman (We talked about alliteration, predicting what happens next with the help of rhyming words and make believe vs. truth, as well as learned the meaning of a new word!)
  • Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith (Toddlers love counting along with the zoo animals!)
  • Curious George Visits the Zoo by Margaret & H.A. Rey (George saves the day at the zoo. Who doesn’t like George?)
  • Zoo-Looking by Mem Fox (the pace and pictures in this book provide a nice calm down time)
  • The Way to The Zoo by John Burningham (this fun read lets kids imagine what would happen if they found their very own zoo right in their bedroom)

Activity:

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Paper Giraffes: The toddlers made these adorable paper giraffes. I precut the shapes on orange construction paper using clip art.  Then, the kids tore pieces of brown construction paper to make his spots.  This was fantastic hand eye coordination and fine motor skill practice.  To top it off, they added a wiggly eye!

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Lion Masks: This multistep project was a good craft for our preK kids and parents. It helped the kids to coordinate and organize!   First, cut a circle out of the middle of a paper plate.  Then cut a piece of yellow and a piece of orange construction paper lengthwise (hotdog) and then widthwise to make the strips for the mane.  Those are glued on in an alternate pattern of yellow and orange.  Cut out two ears, tape on a popsicle stick as a holder and you are done!

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                                      

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This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

 

 

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